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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.


Stefanie Hessler

Residency period

4 August – 11 August 2017


Stefanie Hessler (Germany/Sweden) is the curator of TBA21–Academy. Recent projects for TBA21–Academy include Tidalectics at TBA21–Augarten, Vienna, Austria (2017); The Current Convening #2, co-curated with Ute Meta Bauer and Cesar Garcia in Kochi, India (2016); and the conference Design of the Seabed, co-curated with TBA21–Academy director Markus Reymann at the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, Turkey (2016). Hessler is the co-founder of the art space Andquestionmark in Stockholm, Sweden together with Carsten Höller. Other curatorial projects include Sugar and Speed, Museum of Modern Art in Recife, Brazil (2017); Winter Event – antifreeze, Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile and Flora in Bogotá, Colombia (2015/2016); the 8th Momentum Biennial in Moss, Norway (2015); and Outside at Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2014). She regularly writes for publications such as ArtReview and Mousse Magazine and recently co-edited the book Life Itself (2016) for the Moderna Museet.


In the context of her research project related to TBA21–Academy, during the residency Hessler aims to develop new collaborations in preparation for the next edition of The Current Convening to be held at NTU CCA Singapore in January 2018.


Image credit Christopher Hunt.